On 5 June 1901, Prime Minister Edmund Barton introduced the Immigration Restriction Act to the House of Representatives.
After Federation, the Commonwealth Government controlled immigration restriction for the all the states of Australia.
They were not about wasting time.
The Immigration Restriction Act was a mash-up of different ideas aimed to stop non-white immigration to Australia.
There were issues with the Act, for sure. Complaining, protesting, questions and discussions came from all sides.
Yet often it came from the most unlikely of places.
The Birth of White Australia is a series of stories centered around the Immigration Restriction Act. Stories that span the second half of 1901, from when the Act was introduced in June to when it was passed in December.
It’s political, personal and as always, very particular.
Most of the stories will be new to you. I see no point re-hashing what you already know. That’s just boring for everyone.
This series is about real people from history. Ordinary lives caught up in extraordinary times.
It’s about the people we have remembered, but mostly the people we have forgotten.